Trent McCotter is the Director of the Separation of Powers Clinic and the Director of Clinical and Academic Programs. He is also a partner with Boyden Gray & Associates. He previously served as Deputy Associate Attorney General of the United States, where he oversaw DOJ’s Civil Appellate and Federal Programs branches, and he also spent three years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He has authored and submitted nearly 50 briefs at the Supreme Court and has personally argued ten federal appeals. He clerked for the Hon. Steven J. Menashi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. R. Lanier Anderson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Trent graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a degree in economics, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina School of Law.